Articles by Steven


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Can you guess the right code to win?
I used to play Mastermind when I was a kid, a simple code breaking game. One player would set up a sequence of colored pegs and the other would have to guess it in a set number of turns. My version, called ZX Master Mind, has the computer creating the code…
Posted Dec 22, 2016 4 min read

Can You Avoid Death in the ZX81 Game Stick Shift?
Dodging games were the rage back in the early ’80s. Wanting to add my own take on the genre, I created Stick Shift, November’s program of the month. The goal is simple. Dodge other cars, oil spills and spikes while not crashing into the wall. Mess up? Well, it’s game over for you…
Posted Nov 24, 2016 3 min read

Lost on the Moon
Inspiration flows from various sources. For some time I’ve wanted to create a messy model, one with greebles and imperfections. A space article about a moon—I don’t remember which—provided the push I needed…
Posted Oct 30, 2016 4 min read

Bugers Will Kill You in October's ZX81 Program of the Month
While working to improve the way I display my ZX81 programs, I ran across one that didn’t have a picture. Finding that odd, I did some research and found that I’d written a page for it back in 1999. To my surprise, I’d never uploaded it…
Posted Oct 25, 2016 3 min read

Funny LEGO Faces using Brick-moji
When I ran across Iain Heath's Brick-moji, there was this instant need to build them myself. My wife thought they were cute, which was enough for me. Not long afterwards, I had my first render of the face with its tongue sticking out and tears of joy. Brick-moji by Steven Reid, on Flickr Seriously…
Posted Oct 13, 2016 3 min read

Trail Blazer is my ZX81 Tribute to Tron’s Light Cycles
One of the coolest movies when I was a young teenager was Disney’s Tron. What geeky kid didn’t want to watch a movie about computers and video games? Sprinkle in some computer animation and how could I not fall in love. Needless to say, Tron was the inspiration for more than a few of my programs…
Posted Sep 18, 2016 6 min read

Like My Milk Truck? 5 Quick Ways to Find Inspiration
Inspiration and Milk Trucks. It was sheer luck that I found my latest build. Searching for a LEGO sticker set, I happened across this Milk Truck. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to render it. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for old LEGO sets, although I like modern ones too…
Posted Sep 06, 2016 5 min read

Floating House in LEGO
Meandering around Flickr, I ran across a picture of Floating cube houses Havneby Rømø island Denmark by Arkitema Architects. With black walls and expansive glass windows, the design was striking. Inspired by the modern lines, I pictured how they might look in LEGO bricks…
Posted Aug 28, 2016 4 min read

Electon is August’s ZX81 Program
I painted more borders on the ZX81 than just about any other shape. An easy way to confine movement, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Electon starts by building a box. And before you ask, this month’s ZX81 program isn’t another version of snake…
Posted Aug 22, 2016 7 min read

Rendering a Hidden Gem: Yavin IV Rebel Base
I continue to grow my skills in Mecabricks and, to a smaller extend, Blender. When I ran across What's missing? A New Hope on BrickSet, the Yavin IV model depicted intrigued me. Doing some research into the unreleased set, it ultimately led me to render my own version of it. Yavin IV Rebel Base by …
Posted Aug 21, 2016 6 min read

Can I get a LEGO Moo? – Cows and Barn
I follow a number of LEGO sites through RSS feeds, looking for inspiration on what to render next. A long time back, I booked marked this article, Build the Big E Cow. It was small, had instructions, and was kind of cute. Something my wife would like…
Posted Aug 10, 2016 2 min read

Blast From the Past – 373 Offshore Rig
Hard to believe, but 20 years ago I started dabbling with POV-Ray to render models with virtual LEGO bricks. Set 373, my second rendered model, is over 20 years old now. Started in April of 1996, it’s seen many iterations over the years…
Posted Aug 09, 2016 3 min read

3D Image is July’s ZX81 Program
Not everything I wrote on the ZX81 was a game, although I did write a lot of those. In fact, some of my first computer programs did nothing more than print pictures. 3D Image, a badly named program, is one of my experiments in animation on the ZX81…
Posted Jul 20, 2016 4 min read

When Fast Isn’t Fast – the Bad of Incremental Updates
Practicing a “get it done” attitude, I've recently added a constant stream of features to my site. Most visitors wouldn’t notice. They aren’t dropping by to relish my web design, nor are they interested in my latest tweaks to enhance their experience. Nope, they’re here to read an article…
Posted Jul 17, 2016 5 min read

Panda Puzzle Redux
This is the LEGO bricks puzzle panda from the “What is it?” section of “Bricks and Pieces,” Spring 1975. I solved the puzzle in LDD years ago, originally rendering it in POV-Ray. For this remake, I thought it’d be fun to import into Mecabricks and render again in Blender. Panda Puzzle Redux by Stev…
Posted Jul 11, 2016 1 min read

Sea Swallow Redux
“Beware what lurks beneath the sea. Sharks, you say? No, not sharks. Something much, much worse. It comes from below and you’ll never see it until you find its maw enveloping you. What’s that? You don’t believe me? Sonny, I’ve seen it. I barely escaped myself when it took a liking to our boat.” Che…
Posted Jul 03, 2016 2 min read

Rendering The Enterprise D Only In Basic Bricks
I’ve been a long time Star Trek fan, predating Star Wars by a few years. I have fond memories of watching the original series in re-runs, but it was TNG that rekindled my fandom. I even went to a convention while living in Indy…
Posted Jul 02, 2016 4 min read